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Soil and water salinization and the development of organic saline crops

Timmermans, B.G.H. and Hospers - Brands, Monique (2014) Soil and water salinization and the development of organic saline crops. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 795-798.

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Saline water and soils present an increasing problem for agriculture. Adaptation strategies of agriculture include selection of existing crops on salt tolerance, and development of new tolerant or halophyte crops. Saline areas are often located close to sensitive nature, and at least in The Netherlands, the development of saline crops represent a challenge to sustainable and organic agriculture.
We tested salt tolerance of two new plant species that have some prospects as future crops: Seakale and Seabeet. Due to the present market perspectives for Seakale, this plant was also tested as a crop on some larger scale.
Results show that Seakale can be classified as salt-tolerant, whereas Seabeet can be classified as halophyte. While up scaling, Seakale shows problems with soils saturated with (fresh)water, and adapted management will be necessary.
We conclude that the prospects for the development of saline crops are there. However, for practice there is still a long way to go.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Timmermans, Dr Bart Gerardus Hubertus
ID Code:23952
Deposited On:01 Oct 2013 07:05
Last Modified:30 Oct 2014 14:51
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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